What you need to know

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause a range of illnesses from the common cold to severe diseases such as Middle East Res-piratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

In December 2019, a new kind of coronavirus, COVID-19, was identified as the cause of various cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. It has become a concern because the origin and the exact conditions of its spreading are still not known.

The main symptoms of coronavirus resemble those of a bad cold or the flu, which can make detection difficult. They include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

More severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. The incubation period is believed to be around two weeks.

The main symptoms of coronavirus resemble those of a bad cold or the flu, which can make detection difficult. They include:

  • Although COVID-19 is in the same family as the viruses that cause MERS and SARS, it is in fact a different strain
  • The new figures on Tuesday, February 11th, indicated more than 43,100 cases and the death toll surpasses 1,000 confirmed worldwide. The vast majority of the infections, and all but two of the deaths, were in mainland China.
  • So far, 53 cases have been confirmed in the United States

At McCormick Place

McCormick Place adheres to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants effective against the Coronavirus COVID-19.

All McCormick Place Security, Fire Safety, EMT and Paramedic personnel have guidelines from our medical advisor on how to recognize possible symptoms of Coronavirus COVID-19.  In addition, our First Aid staff has received precautionary training in the event a guest came to our attention with Coronavirus-like symptoms.

McCormick Place will remain in contact with our medical advisor and monitor local, state and federal health agencies for updates as information becomes available.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines suggest hand washing often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and using alcohol-based hand sanitizers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  McCormick Place has positioned hand sanitizer stations in key high-traffic areas throughout the facility.


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